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Only the Makers Name

Only the Makers Name [Kindle Edition]

Ray Blyth
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Only The Makers Name is the poignant and reflective memoir of acclaimed Flying Instructor Ray Blyth.
Spanning the years of his childhood growing up in a small terraced house on the outskirts of King’s Lynn in the county of Norfolk surviving the Kings Lynn Blitz as well as many childhood adventures, he writes vividly of his early life underscored by his undying ambition to fly.
Inspired by an early Fun Flight on the beach at Hunstanton with his father, Family tragedy is soon to strike leaving him alone to set forth on the fulfillment of his dreams.
Following many years of hard effort he becomes a flying instructor clocking up thousands of hours of flying time, but not without sacrifices of many kinds.
A serious air accident leads to many months in hospital , and as he begins the long and agonising road to recovery uncertain he will ever be able to fly again he is faced with a recuperation process that demands every bit of his resourcefulness as he is tested to his emotional and physical limit time and again.
An amusing sometimes hilarious biography for enthusiasts of flying whatever your background this is also the story of one mans brave fight against all the odds while retaining dignity and compassion.
‘There I was old boy, upside down with nothing on the clock bar the maker’s name.’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4126 KB
  • Print Length: 758 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dolman Scott Publishing; First edition (28 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G07SV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only the makers name 8 Aug 2012
Very interesting, amusing and often tear jerking. I found that once I picked up the book I didn't want to put it down. My wife has just read it, continual giggling!!
A continual flow of life changing experiences. A great read not just for aviators.
Friends have purchased this book and all have enjoyed it immensely.
A fantastic read Ray, well done!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an experiment 6 Aug 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a friend and I wasnt really sure what to expect, however, even though a lot of the more technical stuff went over my head, I thought it was a very absorbing and personal story. Well done to Ray Blyth for his phenomenal recall of events and his very human approach.Some wonderful amusing stories as well as accounts of derring-do! If I have any criticism, it would be the lack of family/emotional detail. But that is a very female perspective I suspect. Read it, its great, even if you are not a flyer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the Makers Name 5 Aug 2012
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I was surprised and delighted when I opened this facinating autobiorgaphy by the aviator Ray Blyth to find a lovely childhood poem! A facinating and informative story of the eventful life of a totally committed avaiator. A thoughtful, warm and often hilarious tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing true story 6 Oct 2013
This book reveals the fascinating life story of not only a remarkable aviator, but a very warm-blooded human being who faces life full on and is also a true raconteur. It is enjoyable and un-put-downable, even for someone with previously a very limited knowledge of the world of flying.

All life stories are different, but this must surely be more diverse than most! Thank-you Ray for sharing it with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the man who taught me to fly 14 Jun 2013
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Ray is an amazing man who inspired me to be a flying instructor many years after he taught me to fly at the age of 17. In 1989 he also helped me recover from a near fatal flying accident by recounting his own experiences of his own crash which is featured in his book. I hold him in the greatest esteem and I am privlleged to have known him. His book will be a family heirloom, as my son is also a professional pilot who knows how Ray influenced my life.
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By PaulieH
This excellent book is the autobiography (so far)of Ray Blyth, who has been a flying instructor for most of his life. The ups and downs of his world in every sense, it is a story of great courage and determination. ( He spent two years of his life in hospital following a near fatal flying accident, a very moving section). The book is full of fascinating anecdotes and experiences which show much of Ray's sensitivity and chapter about a student's first solo which didn't go quite to plan had me laughing so much I had to stop reading to recover!

Ray can also be very tough and doesn't pull his punches when needed. He was Managing Director and Chief Flying Instructor at various airfields and put a huge amount of work into making a success of them, as well as his involvement with other projects, not all aviation based but all fascinating. His family story is very much a part of this book as well.

This is a long book ...749 pages, so you really get a bang for your buck...but divided into very readable chapters, many of which would make excellent short articles. I happened to open the book in the middle when I first bought it and couldn't put the chapter down until I'd finished reading it. Then I started at the beginning and a very enjoyable read it has been.

I would recommend this book to anyone with even a remote interest in aviation. The descriptions of some of Ray's flying experiences and incidents are totally gripping. As a hugely experienced instructor Ray has the ability to tell a good story with enough technical information to satisfy any pilot, but also the right amount of background explanation to ensure anyone who doesn't fly would enjoy the book.

Similar to another review, I flew with Ray at Oxford as an RAF cadet, he took me on my first ever flying test in 1966. I also went on to The College of Air Training at Hamble and then BOAC. I eventually flew 747s and now I'm just flying a Cessna for fun.
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